|Engine||Cosworth 2.4 L V8 Naturally Aspirated mid-mounted|
|Transmission||7 Speed Forward + 1 Reverse Speed|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero (dry), Cinturato (wet)|
|Notable entrants||HRT Formula 1 Team|
|Notable drivers||22. Pedro de la Rosa|
23. Narain Karthikeyan
|Debut||2012 Australian Grand Prix|
The HRT F112, is the last Formula One racing car designed by HRT F1 Team for use in the 2012 Formula One season. The car was driven by Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan with Dani Clos and Ma Qinghua acting as test drivers.
The car was expected to be launched on 21 February, but was delayed until March when it failed two of its mandatory crash tests, and was unable to take a third test as passing one of the tests it failed was a pre-requisite of this third test. The car successfully completed its final crash test on 24 February. The team initially attempted to have the car ready for the third test of the off season in Barcelona, but were unable to make the deadline. The car made its on-track debut at the circuit on 5 March, during a combined shakedown and filming day, with Karthikeyan completing the maximum allowable one hundred kilometres for a shakedown. The car was launched with a white, gold and red livery, their third livery change in as many years.
The team faced further complications at the Australian Grand Prix when the chassis intended to be raced by Pedro de la Rosa was not finished before scrutineering on Thursday afternoon. The team requested the race stewards delay scrutineering of the car until Friday morning, with the FIA agreeing. The car was completed on time and approved by the race stewards. Although both cars took part in qualifying, neither driver qualified within 107% of the fastest time set in the first qualifying period, and they were blocked from starting the race for the second year in a row. The team admitted they were expecting to miss the qualifying cut-off, with team principal Luis Pérez-Sala predicting that the car would not be fully capable of qualifying until the second or third race of the season. It was the only car that year not to use KERS, and also lacked a brake bias handle in the cockpit.
Complete Formula One results
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2012||HRT F1 Team||Cosworth CA2012||P||AUS||MAL||CHN||BHR||ESP||MON||CAN||EUR||GBR||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||SIN||JPN||KOR||IND||ABU||USA||BRA||0||12th|
|Pedro de la Rosa||DNQ||21||21||20||19||Ret||Ret||17||20||21||22||18||18||17||18||Ret||Ret||17||21||17|
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